NASA VIPER Robotic Moon Rover Team Raises Its Mighty Mast – NASA

NASA VIPER Robotic Moon Rover Team Raises Its Mighty Mast – NASA

NASA’s VIPER – short for the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover – now stands taller and more capable than ever. And that’s thanks to its mast. VIPER’s mast, and the suite of instruments affixed to it, looks a lot like the rover’s “neck” and “head.” The mast instruments are designed to help the team of rover drivers … Read more

Luxembourg Leaders Focus on Lunar Exploration at Visit to NASA Ames – NASA

Luxembourg Leaders Focus on Lunar Exploration at Visit to NASA Ames – NASA

The challenges of working on the surface of the Moon are at the center of a facility at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. The Lunar Lab and Regolith Testbeds help scientists and engineers – from NASA and industry alike – study how well science instruments, robots, and people might be able to … Read more

Mission Manager Update: All VIPER Flight Instruments Installed! – NASA

Mission Manager Update: All VIPER Flight Instruments Installed! – NASA

The VIPER team continues to push forward with the build of the flight rover that’ll go to the surface of the Moon. As of this writing, all of VIPER’s flight instruments are installed, and the rover is more than 80% built! This is a major accomplishment and shows the great progress being made by the … Read more

Into the Belly of the Rover: VIPER’s Final Science Instrument Installed  – NASA

Into the Belly of the Rover: VIPER’s Final Science Instrument Installed  – NASA

A team of engineers prepares to integrate TRIDENT – short for The Regolith Ice Drill for Exploring New Terrain – into the belly of NASA’s first robotic Moon rover, VIPER (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover).  TRIDENT, designed and developed by engineers at Honeybee Robotics in Altadena, California, is the fourth and final science instrument to be installed … Read more

NASA Ames Hosts JAXA Leader to Discuss Space Science and Spaceflight – NASA

NASA Ames Hosts JAXA Leader to Discuss Space Science and Spaceflight – NASA

Daniel Andrews, project manager for NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) (left), stands next to a full-scale model of the rover alongside visitors from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA): Dr. Hitoshi Kuninaka, Vice President of JAXA and Director General of JAXA’s Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS); Nobuhiro Takahashi of the ISAS … Read more

Mission Manager Update: VIPER Flight Rover Half-Built! – NASA

Mission Manager Update: VIPER Flight Rover Half-Built! – NASA

The VIPER team is hard at work building the flight vehicle that will be going to the surface of the Moon this time next year! In fact, we’re about halfway through the build, and you can interactively watch the process and hear from experts on the team, in various livestreams throughout the process. All the science instrument … Read more

2023 in Review: Highlights from NASA in Silicon Valley – NASA

2023 in Review: Highlights from NASA in Silicon Valley – NASA

It’s been another great year at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. Join us as we review some of the highlights of the science, engineering, and innovation from 2023. Announcing a New Innovation Hub Planned for NASA Research Park at Ames Berkeley Space Center is a proposed new campus of the University of … Read more

Connect with NASA at FAN EXPO San Francisco 2023 – NASA

Connect with NASA at FAN EXPO San Francisco 2023 – NASA

Connect your sci-fi fandom and learn about how NASA explores the unknown in space for all humanity! Join experts and engagement team members from NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley at FAN EXPO San Francisco 2023. Visit the exhibit, panels, and more to hear about NASA’s plans for human exploration at the Moon and … Read more

Mira cómo la NASA construye su primer vehículo lunar robótico – NASA

Mira cómo la NASA construye su primer vehículo lunar robótico – NASA

El público tendrá un asiento de primera fila y en directo para ver cómo el primer rover lunar robótico de la NASA cobra forma en la sala limpia de la Instalación de Pruebas de Integración de Segmentos de Superficie en el Centro Espacial Johnson de la agencia en Houston. Los integrantes de la misión del … Read more

Watch NASA Build Its First Robotic Moon Rover – NASA

Watch NASA Build Its First Robotic Moon Rover – NASA

The public now has a live, front row seat to see NASA’s first robotic Moon rover take shape in the Surface Segment Integration and Testing Facility clean room at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Members of VIPER — short for the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover — and the Office of Communications at NASA’s Ames … Read more